Egypt winger Abdel-Shafi joins Saudi heavyweights

Ahram Online, Monday 29 Sep 2014

Zamalek let go of left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi after Ahli Jeddah offer $1.2 million - a deal the club's board says it couldn't pass up

Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
Zamalek's Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (C) fights for the ball with Al-Ahly's Ahmed Fathy and Shehab El-Din Ahmed during their Egyptian Premier League (Photo:Reuters)

Egypt and Zamalek left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi will join Saudi giants Ahli Jeddah on a season-long loan deal.

In spite coach Hossam Hassan's refusal to let go of his in-form defender, the board agreed on the move during its emergency meeting on Monday.

"We had to consider both, the club and the player's interests. We have several replacements for Abdel-Shafi as Saleh Moussa and Ahmed Samir can play in his position," Zamalek President Mortada Mansour told reporters on Monday.

Ahli Jeddah have reportedly tabled a $1.2 million bid to get the 29-year old player immediately until the end of the season.

The Cairo giants couldn't turn down such a lucrative deal, especially as they went on a signing spree this summer that brought 17 new players to the club.

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